Available MSc topics for the course period 2017-2019

SDGs and uncertainty visualization

To offer map design solution that deal with data uncertainty in trend maps

Collaborative analysis of Volunteered Geographic Information for Citizen Science

To develop an approach for collaborative analysis of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) based on principles of Citizen Science

Finding Clusters in Simulated Disease Data using a new Data Mining Technique

Here we propose to use the novel Tri-clustering algorithm to analyze the output of an already developed agent-based simulation model for the diffusion of Pertus

Rock depiction from LIDAR data and IR imagery

Development of an approach for rock depiction in web maps combining LIDAR data with IR orthoimagery and suitable for the improvement of the relief shading used

3D flow maps in VR

Evaluate the use of 3D flow maps in a VR environment.

Using agent-based modeling for hurricane shelter planning

Last year the Caribbean has been hit by a number of hurricanes, leading to casualties and damage on many islands including St Maarten and Dominica.

Usability analysis of ecosystem service maps

Development of a blueprint for the use and user-centered design of Ecosystem Services maps.


To design, develop and evaluate timeline integration in maps

Better standards for cartographic styling

Describe and compare the established as well as the emerging technologies for cartographic styling in webservices, with a view towards development of better sty

Knowledge management for the RiverCare programme in the Water Management domain

To develop a semantic representation to categorize, query and have an overview of the content in the knowledge-base and link it with existing information platf

Flow map attributes

To design and implement dynamic graphics that allow the perception of movement characterisistics

Simulating Tick Bites using Agent-Based Modelling

To develop an agent-based simulation model for tick bites and to calibrate it using volunteered geographical information.

Bridging the gap between office and fieldwork using a geo-visual analytics environment

To develop an approach and prototype for collaborative analysis in geo-visual analytics environments that allow in-office and on-field analysts to communicate o

Ontology development for Ecosystem Services

To develop and evaluate the use of a dedicated ontology for the interdisciplinary field of Ecosystem Services

User performance and strategies in interactive map search tasks

Gather insights into the task performance and strategies of map users for different map-related tasks in comparison to a theoretical model of the task complexit

The trust in maps

This thesis will study the authoritativeness of maps by testing user trust and reliance on route instructions on wayfinding activities in unfamiliar environment

GIS software tools for large-scale maptables

To formulate recommendations for the design of GIS software tools for large-scale maptables on the basis of testing the usability of already existing tools.

Assessment of Eye-Tracking for Map Usability Studies

This thesis investigates on possible applications and performances of eye-trackers for user evaluations

Mapping smombie phenomenon and its impact on traffic security

The objective of this research is to collect, analyse and visualize events related to accidents caused by smartphone zombie (smombie).

Big Data Analytics for Time Critical Mobility Forecasting (EU-H2020 datAcron)

The objective of this research is to develop novel methods for threat and abnormal activity detection in very large fleets of moving entities spread across larg

A Contribution to Computer-Assisted Deciphering of Labels from Scanned Maps

The thesis shall contribute to a proposed toolbox dedicated to selective computer-assisted map feature extraction.

Potential usage of mixed reality devices in the field of Cartography

The objective of this research is to determine theoretically the functionality of the Microsoft HoloLense of the Cartography research field.

Location based capturing and geovisualisation of emotions with utilisation of smartbands

A field study should be carried out with the smartband to capture emotions under natural conditions.

Spatial-Temporal Visual Analysis of Weibo (twitter-like) Events

The objective of this research is to visually explore spatiotemporal patterns from large volume of geo-tagged Weibo data.

Assessing the impact of new health technology on the Dutch healthcare system

New health technologies such as robots and apps will change our health care system in future.

Building visual overview of potential interchanges in heterogeneous mobility system (EU-H2020 VaVeL)

The objective of this research is to reconstruct interactions between multiple transportation networks, such as trams and busses.

The effects of screen size on field-based spatial task performance with the use of mobile augmented reality

To evaluate the influence of screen size on spatial task performance by using augmented reality on the smartphone and tablet in the field

Assessing the credibility of crowdsourced geoinformation

To develop and test measures to assess the trustworthiness and credibility of crowdsourced or volunteered geographic information or geosocial media.

Maps on smartwatches

To evaluate the use and usability of maps displayed on smartwatches.

Understanding Traffic Situations around Large Public Service Centres to Support Urban Planning

The objective of this research is to detect traffic problems related to large public service centers (e.g.

Animated Transitions in Statistical Maps

Find out how animated transitions in thematic mapping work, and if they are helping or hindering user perception.

Eye-Controlled Map Interaction

The objective of this research is to suggest appropriate gaze-interaction map applications and implement solutions for eye-controlled map interactions via an AP

Temporal data analysis

To design a method to execute a temporal data analysis to be able to selecte appropriate symbology to visualize change

A Contribution to Computer-Assisted Reconstruction of Selected Line Features from Scanned Maps

A theory part shall summarise technical approaches of automated line reconstruction from maps and similar documents.

Information graphic design & cartography on mobile devices –

The objective of this research is to improve and implement solutions for a mobile visualization of indoor routes adapting an information-graphic like style/desi

Visualization & indoor information system

The objective of this research is to suggest and implement solutions for a web based visualization of indoor space in combination with semantic information in a

Using Topographic Isolation as Measure for Generalisation for Data from the Wikidata Project

Your task is to query Wikidata, bring the data into a GIS System of your choice and develop an implementation.

Uncertainty Visualization of Remotely Sensed data

The objective of this research is to establish an approach for the visualisation of uncertain information.

Visualising Uncertainty of Point Phenomena

This thesis investigates on the visualisation of multiple distributions of point phenomena data.

Enhancing spatial awareness

This thesis will test how to provide spatial information for orientation and wayfinding with the goal to enhance spatial awareness.

Where is "downtown"? Places and Location in Geosocial Media

To analyze representations of (vague) places in various geosocial media and develop a model to integrate them.

Creating single-webpage applications from geo-workflows

To design a basic method for transforming geo-workflows into single-webpage applications

OD Matrix visualizations

To visualize OD Matrices without loosing the sense of geography

Implementing & evaluating an editor for narrative thematic maps

Implement and evaluate an online editor for narrative thematic maps

Event-based Smart City Applications

To develop and test a methodology to build smart city applications which consume spatio-temporal events, e.g.

Usability of Movement Visualisation in Immersive Environment (VR)

This research is to create functions, tools, guidance for the usability test of flow map in an immersive environment.

Usability of the eye-tracking technique in user research of interactive and dynamic geovisualization environments

The objective is to investigate the usability of eye-tracking in a mixed methods approach in which interactive and dynamic geovisualization environments are the

Analysis and Evaluation of Geocoding Services for User-Defined Locations in Account’s Profiles

In this thesis, available geocoding services (OpenStreetMap, GeoNames, Google Maps and other) should be analyzed for their possibilities, limitations and accura

Facilitating insights with a storytelling dashboard

To create and implement a conceptual framework for a storytelling dashboard to represent information for facilitating insights

The Impact of Familiarity on Indoor Wayfinding

To explore how familiarity influence human wayfinding behaviour indoors, in terms of wayfinding decision making, usage of signs and route communicating.

Principal component analysis for multivariate geovisualisation

The aim of the master thesis is to develop a geovisual analysis tool which utilises PCA based on statistic software packages such as R or d3-pca library.

On the Use of Adaptive Sketch Textures in a 3D Model of a Townscape

Summarising, the proposed model design should react on various use cases (different object emphasis, different simplicity of textures), and the time component

Usability of the vario-scale approach in interactive and dynamic mapping

Examining the usability of the vario-scale approach in interactive and dynamic mapping

On-Demand Rendering of 3D Geo-Models from a Database Exemplified by the TUD Campus Model

On-Demand Rendering of 3D Geo-Models from a Database Exemplified by the TUD Campus Model

Predicting local street temperatures using crowd-sourced data and a machine learning approach

In cities temperatures are often higher than in the surrounding areas. This can be caused by dark surfaces which absorb significantly more solar radiation.

Visual pollution as a risk indicator for water

The objective of this research topic is to implement visual pollution in an existing agent-based simulation model for cholera in Ghana.

Enabling Smart Citizens for Smarter Cities

User Centered Design of a platform for synthesized geographic information provision and elicitation to enable Smart Citizens.

Preserving multiple semantic perspectives in user-generated geographic content

To develop a method to represent multiple semantic perspectives in user-generated content and visualize them.

Design space for SDG indicator maps

Develop a decision tree to transform the SDG indicator data into more meaningful map rerpresentatons

Sensing urban emotions

By applying different methods for data collection (i.e.

Conducting Eye Tracking Study for the Uncertainty Visualizations

The objective of this research is to conduct a user test of the different approaches for the uncertainty visualization.

The maps we didn't make – stages of obstacles for creating maps in a digital online atlas

Investigate the obstacles for producing maps in various stages in the editorial process of an online atlas project.

Cloud-based analysis of geosocial media streams

To test and evaluate cloud-based analysis methods and platforms for a particular use case and implement the analysis.

Mobile Learning (M-Learning) - Concept and development of an App for the Alpine Cartographic Field School

The aim of the master thesis will be the creation of an app as mobile guide for the “Alpine Cartographic Field School” (ACFS).

Automated generalization of feature groups with pattern preservation

The generalization methods of linear building alignments / Topic 2: The detection methods of grid-like building clusters